Some will say “finally!” After years of waiting for Rockchip RK3588 processor, ROCKPi Trading Limited/Radxa got some samples for their ROCK5 Model B single board computer and has started to take pre-orders with discounted prices starting at $79 through distributors.
But let’s check out the specifications first, with the octa-core Cortex-A76/A55 Pico-ITX SBC shipping with up to 16GB RAM, M.2 NVMe storage, 2.5GbE, optional WiFi 6E, 8K video output via HDMI or USB-C ports, 4K HDMI input, and more.
Radxa ROCK5 Model B (aka ROCK 5B) specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3588 octa-core processor with four Cortex-A76 cores @ 2.4 GHz, four Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.8 GHz, an Arm Mali G610MC4 GPU, a 6TOPS NPU, 8K 10-bit decoder, 8K encoder
- System Memory – 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB LPDDR4x
- M.2 2280 socket for NVMe SSD (PCIe 3.0 x4) up to 2,000 MB/s
- MicroSD card socket
- eMMC flash socket
- Video Output
- 2x HDMI 2.1 up to 8Kp60
- 1x USB-C via DisplayPort alt. mode up to 8Kp30
- Three independent displays supported
- Video Input
- 1x micro HDMI input up to 4Kp60
- 2x MIPI CSI connectors
- 2.5 Gbps Ethernet RJ45 port with PoE support
- Support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 M.2 module
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C port, 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Expansion – 40-pin GPIO header
- Dimensions – 100 x 72mm (Pico-ITX form factor)
The company will provide Android 12 and Debian “Buster” images based on Linux 5.10 LTS for the board. But since Radxa only managed to get hold of RK3588 samples recently, you may imagine it will take time before the software is properly ported to the board and that’s one of the reasons why they have a Q2 2022 shipping target date. Based on th early RK3588 benchmarks we’ve found, Rockchip RK3588 should be over twice as fast as Amlogic S922X as found in ODROID-N2+ for many tasks, and the GPU performance increase should even be more impressive.
So how much does the board cost exactly? Those are the standard prices:
- $129 with 4GB RAM
- $149 with 8GB RAM
- $189 with 16GB RAM
This is getting quite close to Intel hardware, but ROCK5 Model B has some features not found in most platforms at that price including HDMI input, MIPI CSI camera interfaces, GPIO header, and 2.5GbE.
But as mentioned in the introduction you can get the board for as low as $79 by pre-ordering the board. To get this price, you’ll need to pay a $5 deposit (called R3 code “Radxa ROCK5 Redeem”) to reserve the board, and then you’ll be able to get a $50 discount on the prices above, meaning $79 for the 4GB version, $99 with 8 GB RAM, and $139 for the model with 16GB RAM. This is only valid for one board, and the R3 code is refundable at any time before shipping if you decide you don’t want to board anymore.
You should eventually be able to get the board from any Radxa distributors, but at this time only two resellers participate in the program namely Ameridroid and Allnetchina.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.